For visitors arriving on Ko Samui by sea, which is most of them, they mainly arrive on the piers at Nathon before quickly jumping onto vans and taxis before being whisked away to their hotels all over the island.
Very few people actually stay here in this small provincial Thai town, that despite its
Holidays over and time to make the long ride back north to Bangkok but as always, this starts with a nerve racking boat ride.
Nerve-wracking because I worry about there being waves. There never usually is and to be honest, I love a bit of deep sea rock n roll normally, but not when I have the bike
Today was Father's Day in Thailand. A public holiday and a day Bangkok's residents dissipate to the coast and national parks. To the waterfalls and the reservoirs. But sadly, not this one.
Thailand has an abundance of natural beauty. In such a huge country with a population of 70 million of which
I wrote recently about how I loved Christmas despite its religious origins. Well another festival I love is Loi Krathong. Steeped in Buddhism, although not truly a Buddhist festival, it is celebrated in Thailand and many other local countries in the region on the date of the 12th full moon of the y
So yesterday, we finished the post on the touristy side of Kanchanaburi and the bridge over the River Kwai with a promise that today we'd look a little deeper into the tragedy of the human side to war and the building of the 'death railway'.
The Prisoners of War
The best records tell us that there
The bridge over the River Kwai is situated just outside the town of Kanchanaburi in western Thailand, and was made famous by a novel and a movie based on that novel. Both are fictionalised versions of a very dark period of history during the World War 2.
The Bridge over the River Kwai you see here
Living in a foreign land, even the smallest trips can turn into epic journeys and adventures, there is always something interesting to see, and so it was today when I had to take the twenty-mile trip downtown and back for work using public transport.
Normally I'd have done the first leg to the outs
This is my favourite place to eat in Savannakhet and I've been coming here regularly for the last 5 years. Welcome to Cafe Chez Boune.
Cafe Chez Boune has long been a favourite with foreigners visiting Savannakhet, mainly on visa runs. Their mainly western style menu is a taste of home in a town
This is where I stayed last night, about 200m from the riverbank and quite a pleasant suprise after my normal guest house was full! The place I normally stay was certainly more run down than this place but I just loved it's location right on tbe river bank road where I could sit for hours watching t
And so the time has come to go to Savannakhet in Laos to get my new Non 'O' visa based on marriage. The journey from Bangkok starts, as many within Thailand do, from the eigth wonder of the world, Mo Chit 2 Northern Bus station.
Mo Chit is bus bedlam, where thousands of people catch thousands of bu
Whilst returning to Thailand last week, I was lucky enough to catch a ride on a Malaysian A350-900. It was my first flight on an A350 and so I was intrigued by the differences between it and Boeing's amazing B787 Dreamliner.
'Come fly with me'......
Whilst both aircraft are not truly direct compet